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Private Investigator Career Diploma

Pursue an Exciting Career as a Private Investigator

Apply your passion for solving mysteries toward a new career as a private investigator. Penn Foster Career School's online courses in this career diploma program cover a variety of lessons including surveillance and observation, gathering evidence, and analyzing handwriting. Your curriculum includes access to an optional professional mentorship through ION Incorporate as well as discounts for the Personal Defense Network premium online how-to videos.

Why Become a Private Investigator?

Private investigators conduct investigations involving missing persons, corporate intelligence, or other fascinating areas. They typically work for investigation, guard, and armored car services, though nearly a quarter of all private investigators are self-employed. The average annual salary of a private investigator in 2016 was $48,190.¹
Why Become a Private Investigator?
Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?
Self-Paced
Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
Dedicated Success Coaches
Dedicated Success Coaches
You're guided by Certified Instructors, Success Coaches, Teaching Assistants, and Student Support Staff - all working to help you succeed.
Curriculum for Success
Curriculum for Success
Get the skills and knowledge you need to help you prepare to become a private investigator.
Self paced
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study and exam schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Accredited
Proven Reputation
With 45,000 graduates in 2016 from our regionally and nationally accredited High School and Career School and nationally accredited College, you're in good hands!
Community
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other Private Investigator students as part of the Penn Foster Community.
Student Experience
A Customized Learning Experience
With interactive, mobile-friendly courses, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, and personal coaches to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is an online learning experience like no other!
Private Investigator Course Details
Learn key skills and gain the knowledge that can help you enter the private investigation field. Private investigator courses include surveillance, corporate espionage, homeland security, evidence, and more.
Penn Foster Curriculum

Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.

Tuition
With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your Private Investigator training online today.
I am owner, manager, and investigator of my own investigative service company. I couldn't have done this at all without Penn Foster. I was taught everything and I still go back and go through my workbooks just to refresh my memory.
Mary R.
Private Investigator graduate
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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook," 2016-17 Edition, Private Detectives and Investigators, on the Internet here. Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.
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